Posted: 06/05/2017 at 20:49
the problem is that the assessors work on the principle, cut the benfit, let them appeal.
again to my certain knowledge the assessors will put things in their report that are not true and that have not been said, although when challenged will back down.
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The first statement is simply untrue. The HCP's who do the assessment work to a defined set of criteria, and 'score' the assessment accordingly. That is true of the vast majority, although I do not dispute that a few do not work as they are supposed to.
There is some truth to the second statement, although again those who do that are a small minority. I have actually seen a completed assessment form where the doctor (it was a doctor in this instance) contradicted himself several times in the paperwork. In that instance the DM did what they are supposed to do - made the decision to put the claimant into one of the qualifying groups.
The Ken Loach film does use instances where the system has gone badly wrong, and those errors should not have happened. That doesn't change the fact that it was a very slanted film, by a film maker with a political agenda. What many people forget, or choose to forget, is that ESA was introduced by a Labour government.